Upcoming Events


Membership 101 Saturday, February 1

Blake Lounge, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This quarterly class is a three-hour dive into the history, philosophy, and social justice aspects of Unitarian Universalism and also the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara, led by Lead Minister Rev. Julia Hamilton, USSB’s Director of Congregational Life, Maureen Claffey, and Membership volunteers. There will be many opportunities to ask questions, discuss spirituality and more. By the end, participants will understand how and why to become a USSB member, formally, and they will be given the opportunity to join the congregation, if they choose. To sign up, email maureen@ussb.org.

Solo Connection: Follow-up Potluck Meeting Monday, February 3

When: Monday, February 3 from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Parish Hall
Bring: Finger food to share and your ideas of group activities you would like to participate in
We need members to help set up and clean up for this event. If you can’t make it in person, please send your ideas of ahead of time. What small groups are you interested in? Which small groups would you be willing to coordinate? Do you want to have large-group potluck meetings every month, or every two months, or not at all? Do you have a venue where we could hold small or large group meetings? Would you like to join our group? Would you like to be removed from our group? Send your answers to: sbkeithrs@gmail.com or rbaarons@yahoo.com, or reply on Realm.

Yoga with Monica Mondays February 3, 10, 17, 24

Meets every Monday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Jefferson Hall. Open to all! This yoga is a gentle, restorative, healing experience. Focus is on holding poses, core movement, and breathing meditation, with care to protect the low back and neck. Drop in and give it a try! Cost is $13.00 a session.

Meditation Group Wednesdays, february 5, 12, 19, 26

Please join us for the Wednesday sitting meditation at 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. in the USSB Sanctuary. No experience required. Take a breath, get centered and feel grounded mid-week. RSVP for childcare! Kids are welcome to play with supervision in Starr-King while their grown-ups meditate. Email maureen@ussb.org.

Great Decision Decisions Begins Wednesday, February 5

Our fifth year of this foreign policy discussion series opens on Wednesday, February 5 with UCSB Professor Leah Stokes speaking on “Climate Change and the Global Order.” Join us at 6:30 p.m. in Parish Hall to hear this powerful advocate for change. For more information, contact John Warnock at johnwwarnock@gmail.com.

Alliance Meets Friday, February 7

Join us for our program from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Parish Hall and bring a treat for the tea. “Changing Issues in Immigration” will be the topic of our presentation by Dr. John S. W. Park. Dr. Park is a popular professor of Asian-American studies at UCSB, and is also a popular speaker at our own Great Decisions meetings at USSB. Not to be missed! Bring a friend. All are welcome.

Young Adult Group Meets Friday, February 7

Calling all folks who have traveled around the sun twenty to forty times (or so), you’re invited to join the 20s and 30s group at our First Friday hangout on February 7. At these monthly get-togethers we meet at various locations to enjoy each other’s company, chat about some deep stuff, and plan for the future. This month we’ll be meeting at Live Oak Café from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. If you’re not already in the Realm group for this cohort please talk to Maureen Foley Claffey, Kathleen Hogue, or Nic Filzen to be added so you receive all the updates. Also, keep the late afternoon/early evening of April 18 open in your calendar for a time of service, solidarity, and worship for, with, and in nature. (Note, this alternative worship is primarily for and sponsored by this young adult cohort.) Stay tuned for more info!

New Member Orientation Sunday, February 9

This monthly class is the first in the New Member Journey, a series of classes designed to help prepare people to become members of the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara. We will chat, discuss our background and learn a little about USSB community and life. Meets from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. in Classroom A.

Vegan Potluck Sunday, February 9

Join us at 5:00 p.m. in Blake Lounge! Our USSB vegan potlucks are a safe space in which to explore the pleasures of a completely plant-based meal. People with all eating styles are warmly welcomed. The commitment for participation is to contribute food that is totally plant-based, i.e., totally vegan. Please bring a dish that serves 10-12 people, and bring utensils, dishes, cups, and napkins. Space is limited to 20-25 people, so be sure to RSVP if you plan to come, and update your RSVP if your plans change. Email albanese@religion.ucsb.edu.

Solidarity and Compassion Wednesday, February 12

From 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in Parish Hall. Please join us! We offer a monthly gathering of guest speakers from the community to discuss ways of community healing during difficult times and to spend time in meditation and reflection. Hear members of the leading faith traditions, thinkers, musicians, visionaries, and activists share how their individual traditions and practices help us during this challenging time in our country and our world. Join us every second Wednesday of the month. Admission is by donation and everyone is welcome.

Quantum Consciousness Affinity Group Meets Monday, February 17

Beginners QFT&C meets the third Monday of the month and gathers at 7:00 p.m. for starting promptly at 7:15 in Blake Lounge. Videos and discussion will focus on how the laws of physics show we are all one.

USSB Drumming Corps Meets Thursday, February 20

The USSB drumming group meets on the third Thursday of each month from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. We’ll work with professional percussionists to learn drumming that will prepare us to work with the choirs during worship services. Bring your own drum if you have one, or you can use one of ours. Bring the family and drum up some real family fun! Please contact Ken Ryals with any questions, ken@ussb.org; (805) 965-4583 x226.

USSB Board of Trustees Meets Tuesday, February 25

All USSB members are invited to attend our monthly Board of Trustees meeting. It begins at 6:00 p.m. in Jefferson Hall. For more information visit our Board of Trustees page.


Alliance Meets Friday, March 6

2:00 p.m. in Parish Hall. Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Margaret Lazarus will be the speaker at the Alliance meeting on March 6. Lazarus’s film, Affinity, was shown at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival this year. Affinity is a short experimental film exploring women-to-women connection as antidote to the toxic in male culture. Created in collaboration with art museum curator and dancer Starr Siegele, the film explores possibility and hope through women’s common bonds and their affinity with one another. It is an affirmation of life in response to war, environmental devastation, and violence.

Meet people, hear from an excellent speaker to learn what’s happening in our community, engage in a Q and A, and enjoy refreshments and social time. The Alliance is an independently incorporated altruistic and educational organization. In addition to offering a monthly program, the Alliance makes enriching donations to USSB and to the broader community. Meetings are open to all and you are warmly invited to come and bring a friend.

Pastoral Presence Workshop Saturday, March 7

What can we do for others suffering loss? How can we be deeply present for those who are grieving or going through a hard time? Learn more about what the USSB Care Team does by signing up for the Pastoral Presence workshop in Parish Hall on March 7. Potluck lunch at 1:00 p.m., followed by a workshop facilitated by members of Adult Religious Education leadership and the Care Team from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. RSVP on Realm. Please consider bringing a dish to share with others. We hope you’ll sign up!

Click here for a basic calendar of each month’s events at USSB.

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